Inspiring Environmental Stewards

The Nature Generation Announces Shortlist for 10th Annual Green Earth Book Awards

February 20, 2014 — The Nature Generation has announced the shortlist for its 2014 Green Earth Book Awards. The award honors authors whose books best convey the environmental stewardship message to youth. It is given annually to promote books that inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect, and responsibility for their natural environment.

The shortlist includes titles published in 2013 in five categories.  Winners will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2014 and The Nature Generation will bestow the award to authors during our 10th Anniversary Read Green Festival on September 18-19 in the nation’s capital. 

Picture Book

Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Eat Like a Bear by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Steve Jenkins (Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)

Forest, What Would You Like? by Irene O’Garden, illustrated by Pat Schories (Holiday House)

Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson, illustrated by Gennady Spirin (Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)

From the Top of the Mountain by C. Robert Logue, illustrated by Michael F.D. Logue (Eifrig Publishing)

Here Come the Humpbacks by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Jamie Hogan (Charlesbridge)

If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead (A Neal Porter Book, Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan Children’s)

No Monkeys, No Chocolate by Melissa Stewart and Allen Young, illustrated by Nicole Wong (Charlesbridge)

Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea by Marianne Berkes, illustrated by Jill Dubin (Dawn Publications)

Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid (Albert Whitman & Company)

Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell (Lee and Low Books)

Ranger Baldy and the Disappearing Waterfall by Stephen Zapotoczny, illustrated by Natalie Long (The Magic Factory)

Snow School by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Alan Marks (Charlesbridge)

The Eye of the Whale:   A Rescue Story by Jennifer O’Connell (Tilbury House)

 Children’s Fiction

Dog 4491 by Sneed B. Collard III (Bucking Horse Books – Distributed by Mountain Press)

Earthfall by Mark Walden, illustrated by Mike Heath (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell by Judith L. Li and M.L. Herring (Oregon State University Press)

Mousemobile by Prudence Breitrose, illustrated by Stephanie Yue (Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

The Neptune Project by Polly Holyoke (Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Willow Wood by Laurie Melrose (BookLocker)

 Children’s Nonfiction

A Place for Turtles by Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Higgins Bond (Peachtree Publishers)

Beavers by Gail Gibbons (Holiday House)

Eight Dolphins of Katrina:  A True Tale of Survival by Janet Wyman Coleman, illustrated by Yan Nascimbene (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

It’s Our Garden:  From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden by George Ancona (Candlewick Press)

Jimmy the Joey: The True Story of an Amazing Koala Rescue by Susan Kelly and Deborah Rose, photographed by Susan Kelly (National Geographic Children’s Books)

Kid Pickers:  How to Turn Junk into Treasure by Mike Wolfe and Lily Sprengelmeyer, illustrated by Mike Right (Feiwel & Friends)

Look Up!:  Bird Watching in Your Own Backyard by Annette LeBlanc Cate (Candlewick Press)

Nature Recycles: How About You? by Michelle Lord, illustrated by Cathy Morrison (Sylvan Dell Publishing)

Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trombore, illustrated by Susan L. Roth (Lee and Low Books)

Planet Ark: Preserving the Earth’s Biodiversity by Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Margot Thompson (Kids Can Press)

Swamper: Letters from a Louisiana Swamp Rabbit by Amy Griffin Ouchley, illustrated by Sandra Gay Brantley (Louisiana State University Press)

The Kids Outdoor Adventure Book:  448 Things to Do in Nature Before You Grow Up by Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer (FalconGuides, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press)

The Tiger Cubs and the Chimp by Bhagavan Antle and Thea Feldman, illustrated by Shagavan Antle and Barry Bland (Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)

The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

To Dare Mighty Things by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by C.F. Payne (Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group)

 Young Adult Fiction

Freaking Green by Laura F. Sanchez (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform)

Love in the Time of Global Warming by Francesca Lia Block (Christy Ottaviano Books, Henry Holt BYR, Macmillan Children’s)

My Chemical Mountain by Corina Vacco (Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House)

Starfish by Michelle Kingery (Amazon)

Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)

Washashore by Suzanne Goldsmith (Lucky Marble Books, an imprint of PageSpring Publishing)

Young Adult Nonfiction

The Great Bear Sea:  Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read (Orca Book Publishers)

Inside a Bald Eagle’s Nest:  A Photographic Journey Through the American Bald Eagle Nesting Season by Teena Ruark Gorrow and Craig A. Koppie (Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.)

Primates:  The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maria Wicks (First Second)

The Tapir Scientist:  Saving South America’s Largest Mammal by Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

“Since 2004, over 90 authors and illustrators have received the Green Earth Book Award for their books that inspire our youth to protect the planet.  We are proud to promote these books through our reading and donation programs and see first-hand how kids learn about the environment through these beautifully-written books,” said Amy Marasco Newton, founder and president of The Nature Generation. “We look forward to honoring our 2014 winners and celebrating ten years of excellence in environmental literature at our Read Green Festival this fall.”


Click here to learn more about the Green Earth Book Award.


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